Thomas Johansson

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Thomas Johansson
Thomas Johansson
Thomas Johansson
Country (sports)  Sweden
Residence Monte Carlo, Monaco
Born (1975-03-24) 24 March 1975 (age 42)
Linköping, Sweden
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Turned pro 1994
Retired 12 June 2009
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money $7,168,029
Singles
Career record 357–296
Career titles 9
Highest ranking No. 7 (10 May 2002)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open W (2002)
French Open 2R (1996, 2000, 2002, 2005)
Wimbledon SF (2005)
US Open QF (1998, 2000)
Other tournaments
Tour Finals RR (2002)
Olympic Games 2R (2008)
Doubles
Career record 76–98
Career titles 1
Highest ranking No. 51 (17 July 2006)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 2R (2008)
French Open 2R (2006)
Wimbledon 3R (2007)
US Open 3R (2005)
Other doubles tournaments
Olympic Games F (2008)
Team competitions
Davis Cup W (1998)

Karl Thomas Conny Johansson (pronounced [ˈtʊmas ²juːanˌsɔn]; born 24 March 1975 in Linköping), commonly known as Thomas Johansson, is a retired professional tennis player from Sweden. He reached a career-high Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) world No. 7 singles ranking on May 10, 2002. His career highlights in singles include a Grand Slam title at the Australian Open in 2002, and an ATP Masters Series title at the 1999 Canada Masters. He also won a silver medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics in men's doubles, partnering Simon Aspelin.

To this day, Johansson remains the last man from Sweden to win a Grand Slam in singles.

Tennis career[edit]

Juniors[edit]

Johansson began to play tennis at age five with his father, Krister. In 1989, became European 14s singles champion and won doubles title (with Magnus Norman). Even when he injured his right elbow while playing the Orange Bowl tennis championships 16s in 1991, he still reached the final, losing to Spain's Gonzalo Corrales. He finished No. 10 in the 1993 world junior rankings.

Professional career[edit]

That same year he joined the pro tour for the first time, and turned pro the following year. He has managed to win 9 top-level singles titles and 1 doubles title, including the 1999 Canada Masters, defeating world No. 4 Yevgeny Kafelnikov from a set down, and the 2002 Australian Open, which he unexpectedly won (while having never progressed beyond the quarterfinals of any of his 24 previous Grand Slams) after defeating Jacobo Díaz, Markus Hipfl, Younes El Aynaoui, Adrian Voinea, Jonas Björkman and Jiří Novák before defeating his heavily favored opponent in the final, Marat Safin, in four sets, again from a set down. Johansson became the first Swedish player to win a Slam since Stefan Edberg won the 1992 US Open title, and the first Swede to claim the Australian Open since his idol Mats Wilander in 1988.

A knee injury robbed Johansson of the latter half of the 2002 season and all of 2003, and Johansson was therefore unable to compete until the start of 2004. Many people weren't sure if Johansson will be able to compete again because of the seriousness of the injury. In 2005, he made a comeback to become the first Swedish player to reach the semifinals at Wimbledon since Edberg in 1993, and only dropped a set en route, losing to 2nd seed Andy Roddick in a tightly contested four set match that lasted a minute under 3 hours, 7–6(8–6), 2–6, 6–7(8–10), 6–7(5–7). Near the end of the season, Johansson won his 9th, and until now, last ATP tour title in St. Petersburg, defeating Nicolas Kiefer in straight sets.

In 2006, the Swede struggled through the season after suffering an eye injury early in the season. The highlights of the season were a 4th round at the Australian Open (where he lost to Ivan Ljubičić), his first doubles title in Båstad, Sweden with countryman Jonas Björkman, and a final in St. Petersburg (lost to Mario Ančić), where he was the defending champion.

At the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics he reached the doubles final with Simon Aspelin, where he lost against the Swiss team of Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka in 4 sets.

As of 6 March 2009, he has an 18–15 career Davis Cup record (17–12 in singles) in 17 ties, having played for Sweden every year other than 2003 (when he was out of action for the entire season) since 1998, and an 356–292 career overall.

He announced his retirement in June 2009 after a 16-year career.

Personal life[edit]

His idol while growing up was Mats Wilander, who was the captain of Swedish Davis Cup team. He has a younger sister. He is a fan of popular culture, reading books by Swedish author Henning Mankell, National Geographic magazine and watching TV show Friends (he owns almost every episode on DVD). His favorite actors are Al Pacino and Robert De Niro. In music, Johansson enjoys listening to U2, Depeche Mode and Swedish band Kent. He is also a keen player of golf and floorball. Johansson is also a fan of ice hockey, frequently watching home team Linköpings HC and Djurgårdens IF. He scored two goals and assisted on another in 6–5 win by ATP Stars over NHL Players in annual street hockey challenge in Montreal in 2001. He married Gisella Kaltencher on 3 December 2005.

Equipment[edit]

He is sponsored by Dunlop Sport for racquets and apparel, and adidas for shoes. He uses a heavily modified Dunlop Pro Revelation racquet 'paintjobbed' to look like the current Dunlop 4D Aerogel 500 racquet.

Significant finals[edit]

Grand Slam finals[edit]

Singles: 1 (1 title)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Winner 2002 Australian Open Hard Russia Marat Safin 3–6, 6–4, 6–4, 7–6(7–4)

ATP Masters Series finals[edit]

Singles: 1 (1 title)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1999 Canada Masters Hard Russia Yevgeny Kafelnikov 1–6, 6–3, 6–3

ATP career finals[edit]

Singles: 14 (9 titles, 5 runner up)[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (1–0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0–0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (1–0)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (0–0)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (7–5)
Finals by Surface
Hard (4–2)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (2–1)
Carpet (3–2)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 10 March 1997 Copenhagen, Denmark Carpet (i) Czech Republic Martin Damm 6–4, 3–6, 6–2
Winner 2. 17 March 1997 St. Petersburg, Russia Carpet (i) Italy Renzo Furlan 6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 1. 2 March 1998 Rotterdam, Netherlands Carpet (i) Netherlands Jan Siemerink 6–7(2–7), 2–6
Runner-up 2. 9 November 1998 Stockholm, Sweden Hard (i) United States Todd Martin 3–6, 4–6, 4–6
Winner 3. 2 August 1999 Montreal, Canada Hard Russia Yevgeny Kafelnikov 1–6, 6–3, 6–3
Winner 4. 20 November 2000 Stockholm, Sweden Hard (i) Russia Yevgeny Kafelnikov 6–2, 6–4, 6–4
Winner 5. 11 June 2001 Halle, Germany Grass France Fabrice Santoro 6–3, 6–7(5–7), 6–2
Winner 6. 18 June 2001 Nottingham, UK Grass Israel Harel Levy 7–5, 6–3
Winner 7. 14 January 2002 Australian Open, Melbourne, Australia Hard Russia Marat Safin 3–6, 6–4, 6–4, 7–6(7–4)
Runner-up 3. 14 June 2004 Nottingham, UK Grass Thailand Paradorn Srichaphan 6–1, 6–7(4–7), 3–6
Winner 8. 25 October 2004 Stockholm, Sweden Hard (i) United States Andre Agassi 3–6, 6–3, 7–6(7–4)
Winner 9. 24 October 2005 St. Petersburg, Russia Carpet (i) Germany Nicolas Kiefer 6–4, 6–2
Runner-up 4. 23 October 2006 St. Petersburg, Russia Carpet (i) Croatia Mario Ančić 5–7, 6–7(2–7)
Runner-up 5. 8 October 2007 Stockholm, Sweden Hard (i) Croatia Ivo Karlović 3–6, 6–3, 1–6

Doubles: 2 (1 title, 1 runner-up)[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0–0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0–0)
Summer Olympics (0–1)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (0–0)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (1–0)
Finals by Surface
Hard (0–0)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (4–2)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 16 July 2006 Båstad, Sweden Clay Sweden Jonas Björkman Germany Christopher Kas
Austria Oliver Marach
6–3, 4–6, [10–4]
Runner-up 1. 17 August 2008 Summer Olympics, China Hard Sweden Simon Aspelin Switzerland Roger Federer
Switzerland Stanislas Wawrinka
3–6, 4–6, 7–6(7–4), 3–6

Performance timelines[edit]

Singles[edit]

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# A P Z# PO G F-S SF-B NMS NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (NH) not held.

Davis Cup matches are included in the statistics.

Professional Career
Tournament 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 SR W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A 1R A 2R 2R 1R 1R 2R 3R W A 1R 4R 4R 2R 1R A 1 / 13 19–12
French Open A A 1R 2R 1R 1R A 2R 1R 2R A A 2R 1R 1R 1R A 0 / 11 4–11
Wimbledon A A A 4R 2R 3R 2R 4R 2R 1R A 3R SF 1R 1R 2R A 0 / 12 19–12
US Open A A A 2R 1R QF A QF 4R A A 3R 2R 1R 3R 1R A 0 / 10 17–10
Win–Loss 0–0 0–1 0–1 6–4 2–4 6–4 1–2 9–4 6–4 8–2 0–0 4–3 10–4 3–4 3–4 1–4 0–0 1 / 46 59–45
Year-End Championships
Tennis Masters Cup Did Not Qualify RR Did Not Qualify 0 / 1 0–1
ATP World Tour Masters 1000
Indian Wells Masters A A A A A A 2R 2R 2R 1R A 2R 2R A 3R 2R A 0 / 8 7–8
Miami Masters A A A A A A 2R 1R 4R 4R A 1R QF A 2R 3R Q1 0 / 8 10–8
Monte-Carlo Masters A A A A 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R QF A A 1R A 1R A A 0 / 8 3–8
Hamburg Masters A A A A A A 1R 1R QF 2R A A 1R 1R A A NMS 0 / 6 4–6
Rome Masters A A A A 2R 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R A A 2R 2R A A A 0 / 8 3–8
Canada Masters A A A A A A W 2R 2R 2R A SF 2R 3R A 2R A 1 / 8 17–7
Cincinnati Masters A A A A 2R QF 1R 1R 1R 1R A 2R 1R 1R A 1R A 0 / 10 5–10
Madrid Masters Not Held 3R A A 3R A A A A 0 / 2 2–2
Stuttgart Masters A A A A 1R 3R 1R 2R 2R Not Held 0 / 5 3–5
Paris Masters A A A A 2R 2R 1R A QF 3R A 1R 3R 2R Q2 A A 0 / 8 7–8
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 3–5 6–5 7–8 3–8 9–9 9–9 0–0 6–5 7–9 4–5 3–3 4–4 0–0 1 / 71 61–70
Career statistics
Finals 0 0 0 0 2 2 1 1 2 1 0 2 1 1 1 0 0 14
Titles 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 1 2 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 9
Hardcourt Win–Loss 210–165
Clay Win–Loss 37–69
Grass Win–Loss 46–30
Carpet Win–Loss 64–32
Overall Win–Loss 2–1 0–2 1–3 28–21 32–27 45–31 22–25 22–26 46–25 29–24 0–0 29–21 48–25 11–18 27–24 16–20 1–1 357–296
Win % 66% 0% 25% 57% 54% 60% 47% 46% 65% 55% 58% 66% 38% 53% 44% 50% 54.67%
Year-End Ranking 422 486 117 60 39 17 39 39 18 14 30 13 71 62 136 601

Top 10 wins[edit]

Season 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 Total
Wins 0 0 0 1 0 6 2 4 6 0 0 2 3 0 2 1 0 27
# Player Rank Event Surface Rd Score JR
1996
1. Netherlands Richard Krajicek 8 Singapore, Singapore Carpet (i) QF 5–7, 7–6(7–3), ret. 93
1998
2. Sweden Jonas Björkman 4 Antwerp, Belgium Hard (i) 1R 6–1, 6–2 40
3. Russia Yevgeny Kafelnikov 4 Rotterdam, Netherlands Carpet (i) 1R 7–6(7–5), 6–2 34
4. Spain Carlos Moyà 5 Indianapolis, United States Hard 2R 6–7(5–7), 6–0, 6–1 34
5. Netherlands Richard Krajicek 5 US Open, New York, United States Hard 3R 6–7(5–7), 5–4, ret. 33
6. Spain Carlos Moyà 5 Davis Cup, Stockholm, Sweden Carpet (i) RR 7–5, 7–6(7–4), 7–6(8–6) 22
7. Czech Republic Petr Korda 10 Stuttgart, Germany Hard (i) 2R 6–2, 6–4 21
1999
8. Russia Yevgeny Kafelnikov 2 London, United Kingdom Carpet (i) QF 6–2, 7–6(7–5) 19
9. Russia Yevgeny Kafelnikov 4 Montreal, Canada Hard F 1–6, 6–3, 6–3 22
2000
10. Russia Yevgeny Kafelnikov 5 Wimbledon, London, United Kingdom Grass 2R 6–1, 7–6(7–0), 6–4 57
11. Sweden Thomas Enqvist 9 Stockholm, Sweden Hard (i) 1R 6–2, 6–2 57
12. Sweden Magnus Norman 4 Stockholm, Sweden Hard (i) SF 7–6(7–4), 6–2 57
13. Russia Yevgeny Kafelnikov 5 Stockholm, Sweden Hard (i) F 6–2, 6–4, 6–4 57
2001
14. Russia Yevgeny Kafelnikov 7 Dubai, United Arab Emirates Hard 2R 7–6(7–4), 7–5 31
15. Russia Marat Safin 2 Indian Wells, United States Hard 1R 7–5, 7–5 26
16. Brazil Gustavo Kuerten 1 Miami, United States Hard 3R 6–3, 4–6, 6–4 25
17. Russia Yevgeny Kafelnikov 6 Davis Cup, Malmö, Sweden Hard (i) RR 6–4, 1–6, 7–6(12–10), 3–6, 6–2 25
18. Russia Yevgeny Kafelnikov 7 Halle, Germany Grass SF 6–3, 5–7, 6–2 19
19. Australia Pat Rafter 4 Davis Cup, Sydney, Australia Hard RR 3–6, 6–7(8–10), 6–3, 6–2, 6–3 17
2004
20. Argentina Gastón Gaudio 10 US Open, New York, United States Hard 2R 6–3, 2–6, 6–4, 6–4 61
21. United States Andre Agassi 7 Stockholm, Sweden Hard (i) F 3–6, 6–3, 7–6(7–4) 42
2005
22. Sweden Joachim Johansson 9 Rotterdam, Netherlands Hard (i) 2R 6–4, 6–4 29
23. Spain Carlos Moyà 6 Miami, United States Hard 3R 7–6(8–6), 3–6, 6–2 27
24. United Kingdom Tim Henman 9 Queen's Club, London, United Kingdom Grass QF 6–4, 6–4 20
2007
25. United States James Blake 7 Davis Cup, Gothenburg, Sweden Carpet (i) RR 6–4, 6–2, 3–6, 6–3 56
26. United States James Blake 7 Stockholm, Sweden Hard (i) SF 3–6, 6–1, 7–6(7–3) 55
2008
27. Spain David Ferrer 5 Miami, United States Hard 2R 6–4, 7–5 60

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